On Mar 9, 2013, I delivered a talk for students of SMK Padjajaran, a new IT vocational school in Jatinangor, West Java. Knowing that the audiences are senior high school students, I should choose a light material. Yet, I decided to talk about a kind of new stuff in Windows Azure, Media Services, and taking the risk that nobody will understand what I was talking about. My objective is so that the youngsters aware of cloud computing in general, Azure specifically, since the beginning of their study and career path.
Off course, it’s a challenge to talk about Azure to high school students, or even cloud computing in general. Luckily, the speaker before me, a fellow MVP, Bobby Zulkarnain, talked about Windows Server 2012. So, I started by saying that the Azure is some kind of Windows Server in the cloud, which the server hardware is not seen physically, but somewhere out there, connected to internet. That’s my starting point, and the audiences start to understand.
Talking about Azure Media Services presented another challenge. I choose an analogy of publishing videos so that they can be viewed by a huge number of viewers. Instead of buying tons of hardwares, pay for huge bandwidth, and maintain and operate the infrastructure, why don’t lease ones. That’s basically Azure Media Services. Off course, it’s so much more than that, but at least I delivered my point to the audiences.